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Year 2014, a new beginning, a new life that God has given us. Thus, we have to be thankful and praise the Lord.

The New Year makes us new people. And so let’s forget the bad things that happened in the past and instead focus on the things ahead of us. In God’s hands, we leave our hopes and dreams for the future.

Our God, make us pure through the Holy Spirit so that we may be able to do the things that You will for us to do.

Let the Holy Spirit guide us as we stand on the threshold of another year. What we ask from You, our Lord, is not only for us but also for all who are suffering as a result of tragedies beyond our control. May Your words give us the courage to broaden our horizons so that the best in us can come out. We strongly believe that Your blessings will come at the most crucial time in our life.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Time of joy, hope [/box]New Year is a time of hope and joy, and so, those who have reached the autumn of their life should not be distressed by the sight of the falling leaves but instead “with confidence in God, look back and look ahead, then walk boldly into a new year.”

According to Marvin Williams, our resolutions need not be serious, but any resolution to follow God’s will is not a casual promise. Rather, it is a solemn and serious declaration that with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can renew ourselves every day.[box type=”default” size=”large”]Forgiveness [/box]As we begin the new year, let us now learn to forgive and forget the bad things some people have done to us. Forgiveness is the only key to unlock the graces we long to receive from above. God will forgive us only if we first learn “to forgive those who trespass against us.” No one among us is perfect. Unknowingly and unwittingly, we, too, have offended others. If God can forgive us, why can’t we forgive those who offended us?[box type=”default” size=”large”] Food for thought [/box]Forgive us, Lord, for failures past. Then help us start anew — with the strength and courage to obey and closely follow you. — Sper